Even though it wasn't part of the plan, we're also going to be attending winter markets in Ballston Spa (first Saturdays in the CCE building on High St) and Glens Falls (every Saturday from 9-12 at Christ United Church on Bay St). We don't have the fancy infrastructure some other growers have (yet!) but we're fighting the good fight against Old Man Winter as best we can, with multiple layers of remay on low tunnels, and of course we have delicious sweet potatoes, winter squash, beets, onions, leeks, etc. We ended up losing an awful lot of our carrots to the funk after the rains in September, which is too bad, as they're super sweet and have proven quite popular. A lot of other stuff just never recovered from the shock of all that rain and never really matured... Nonetheless, we're looking forward to the opportunity to continue to be a part of those markets through the winter.
Also--and this is big news--we're excited to be organizing a CSA in Ballston Spa for 2012! The details ought to be worked out any day now, but shoot us an email if you want to be kept in the loop.
Despite some really close calls, we ended up missing frosts here on the farm until the Snowpocalypse came in late October. Actually, it was just a few inches of really wet snow, but it made a mess of things as it built up on the trees and wires. Prior to that, we were still harvesting delicious eggplants, tomatoes, and peppers right up to Halowe'en. After the frost, we were blessed with a pretty serious Indian Summer in early November, letting a beautiful crop of fall broccoli size up under row cover. We're still harvesting spinach, swiss chard, radishes and broccoli... So we're lucky, and grateful.
Even though this year's not done and we haven't even begun to do all of our winter maintenance, next year is already here: we're crunching numbers and searching for the things that will improve the weak links here at Quincy Farm. We have lots of ideas of how to improve our efficiency, from little inventions to expensive implements. We also need to update our irrigation scheme and figure out what we need and what we can afford if we're going to expand our acreage next season. And, of course, we need to make a crop plan, figure out how much seed we need and when and where, and make that happen... and figure out what additional inputs we need, and from where... and maybe expand the greenhouse... and get proper running water to the hydrant in the barn... and about a zillion other little infrastructure crises... and Cara said something about unpacking?
Looking back on Year 1, I really don't know how we pulled it off... and I honestly don't think I have the fortitude to push myself *quite* that hard even one more season... but there are fleeting moments, here and there, when we pause and take notice of each other and our life, and it seems like maybe, just maybe, this was a good idea. Maybe.